Great beauty is buried within a dark morass of dissonance destructiveness.
There will be a moment in your future when you get to press play on this album for this first time, and that moment will be amazing!
Finland is widely known as the home of one of the most furious and active scenes in all of black metal. Albums such as Perkeleen Luoma demonstrate exactly why.
Like other Finnish (and French) bands, the sound initially comes off as very raw, but you then realize that every instrument is heard, everything has their space and their moments to be heard and appreciated.
Musically ugly, the nasty riffs, abrasive drumming, destructive bass, and visceral howls of rage-filled horror mirror the ugly underbelly of society, an underbelly that has always been there, but that has been crawling ever further into the light during the tenure of this administration.
The final product is gripping, painful to behold, and wonderfully cathartic.
…the band combines passionate vocals with a top notch blend of influences woven through their melodic death base, to call attention to the destruction being visited on the earth through the havok of mankind.
What this album offers, aside from pure catharsis, is a somewhat conclusive end to this cycle
A day before their third album was set for release, I talked with Serena Cherry and Liam Phelan of Svalbard. What unfolded was a conversation about the sexism that exists within music publications, sketches of the band members as dogs, the final shows before the Covid lockdown, and the spectacular graphics of video games in 2001.
Coming in hot to celebrate a decade of evolving and growing, we have reach a point of maturity and perfection, as Behold The Silent Dwellers is nothing short of a masterpiece.